Jupiter could “eat” one of its satellites

Beautiful Jupiter protects the inner Solar System from threats from asteroids, it may be not so simple celestial object. For a long time the mystery of the origin of the core of this planet bothered the minds of scientists, forcing them to find new explanation of the mysterious processes occurring in the depths of the giant planet. And, it seems, astrophysicists were finally able to find very intriguing the answer to the main mystery of Jupiter.

How many moons have Jupiter?

In these days Jupiter has a retinue of 68 satellites of different sizes and shapes, four of which are called “Galilean satellites”. This name they could get because of the famous Italian astronomer named Galileo Galilei was able to observe them for the first time, using the world’s first self-made telescope. Thanks to his discovery, mankind has been able to learn about Ganymede, Callisto, IO and Europe.

Cushy went Stellar wind heats the atmosphere of Jupiter

Despite the fact that the large moons of Jupiter all four, scientists found that the planet-giant could have a fifth relatively large companion, who was absorbed in his huge neighbour in the result of the collision, which occurred approximately 4.5 billion years ago. Such a hypothesis could explain why Jupiter’s core is highly fragmented, presenting a weird mixture of solid rocks, mixed with bubbles of hydrogen. In addition, such an incredible a hypothesis could shed light on the early days of the Solar system.

Could Jupiter to swallow your satellite?

In order to confirm or refute a very eccentric theory, an international team of astronomers used data from the space probe Juno, which we wrote about in our news Telegram-channel, to study the structure and composition of Jupiter.

In addition, the scientists were able to examine other possible explanations of how the inner core of Jupiter has become so heterogeneous. However, the possibility of an ancient disaster, as scientists have discovered, is the most plausible explanation.

If they are right, it could mean that our Solar system was an extremely volatile place in the distant past, where a colossal-sized proto-planet could bump into each other, and even blend together.